Primeur weekly 2014-07-14

Special

Six European exascale projects are dealing with the hardware and software challenges in exascale ...

The Cloud

Registration opens for ISC Cloud and ISC Big Data Conferences ...

IBM announces $3 billion research initiative to tackle chip grand challenges for Cloud and Big Data systems ...

'Melbourne Shuffle' secures data in the Cloud ...

Cloud Pharmaceuticals granted 1 million hours of supercomputer time to target orphan diseases including malaria ...

EuroFlash

GRNET signed contract for the development of Greece's National HPC infrastructure ...

Speeding up data storage by a thousand times with 'spin current' ...

IBM, Astron and the University of Groningen launch exascale computing centre to address Big Data challenges ...

Stronger data security ...

New supercomputer accelerates pace of health research across North of England ...

Commission urges governments to embrace potential of Big Data ...

USFlash

InfoComm issues Call for Presenters for ISE 2015 ...

Cray awarded $174 million supercomputer contract from the National Nuclear Security Administration ...

Small but plentiful: How the faintest galaxies illuminated the early universe ...

University of Illinois study advances limits for ultrafast nano-devices ...

SDSC's new 'SeedMe' resource invites researchers to rapidly share results ...

SDSC's KC Claffy receives annual IEEE Internet Award ...

SDSC assists researchers in novel wildlife tracking project ...

MIT researchers unveil experimental 36-core chip ...

Researchers use NSF-supported Stampede supercomputer to improve catalysts for conversion ...

NSF-funded supercomputer helps researchers interpret genomes ...

Terascala expands executive team ...

LANL, Sandia, Cray set to build next generation NNSA supercomputer ...

ICBA selects Dell solutions to help study water resource issues in the MENA region ...

Research could lead to dramatic energy savings at data farms ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2014-07-14

Special

At ISC'14 in Leipzig,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with Mark Parsons from EPCC in Edinburgh. Mark Parsons is CRESTA Project Co-ordinator and involved in a series of European exascale projects. At the ISC'14 Exhibition there was a whole booth reserverd for six European exascale projects that focus both on the hardware and software challenge in exascale. Read further...

The Cloud

Registration is now open for the 2014 ISC Cloud and ISC Big Data Conferences which will be held this fall in Heidelberg, Germany. The fifth ISC Cloud Conference will take place in the Marriott Hotel from September 29-30 and the second ISC Big Data will be held from October 1-2 at the same venue. Read further...
IBM is investing $3 billion over the next 5 years in two broad research and early stage development programmes to push the limits of chip technology needed to meet the emerging demands of Cloud computing and Big Data systems. These investments will push IBM's semiconductor innovations from today's breakthroughs into the advanced technology leadership required for the future. Read further...
To keep data safe in the Cloud, a group of computer scientists suggests doing the Melbourne Shuffle. That may sound like a dance move (and it is), but it's also a computer algorithm developed by researchers at Brown University. The computing version of the Melbourne Shuffle aims to hide patterns that may emerge as users access data on Cloud servers. Patterns of access could provide important information about a dataset - information that users don't necessarily want others to know - even if the data files themselves are encrypted. Read further...
Cloud Pharmaceuticals Inc., a therapeutics company focused on Cloud-based drug design and development, has expanded its drug design and development programme. The company has been granted supercomputing time at Argonne National Laboratory to design inhibitors of multiple parasitic targets. Read further...

EuroFlash

The Greek Research and Technology Network (GRNET) pioneers in the field of supercomputing infrastructures, by proceeding to the development of Greece's first national high-performance computing system (HPC) to support large-scale scientific applications. The supply and installation of the new system was assigned to COSMOS Business Systems in collaboration with IBM, after an open international tender, which was carried out by GRNET. The new infrastructure is expected to play an important role in the development and promotion of scientific research in the country and in South East Europe. Read further...
A hard drive stores bits in the form of tiny magnetic domains. The directions of the magnetic north and south poles of these domains, which are referred to as the magnetization, determine whether they are a 0 or a 1. Data is stored by changing the direction of the magnetization of the associated bits. At present this is done using a write head to create a local magnetic field, which makes a bit change direction. Read further...
IBM, Astron, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, and the University of Groningen (UoG) have announced a new collaboration to address some of the greatest societal challenges facing the Netherlands today including energy, health care and water management. IBM scientists break Big Data into four dimensions: volume, variety, velocity and veracity and by 2020 these so-called Four V's of Big Data will be responsible for 40 zettabytes (40 trillion gigabytes) of data. The ability to analyze this data quickly and efficiently will enable organisations to solve some of the most pressing societal and business challenges of today. An exascale computer has the equivalent processing power of several millions of today's fastest computers - critical for processing enormous volumes of data. Read further...
Bull and PrimeKey, a market expert in Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), are joining forces to enhance data security by integrating the supply management of encryption keys PrimeKey's encryption key management offering with Bull's cryptographic module. The new-generation TrustWay Proteccio HSM (hardware security module) platform from Bull is now integrated with EJBCA, PrimeKey's PKI offering. Read further...
The Health eResearch Centre (HeRC), a research partnership led by the University of Manchester, has advanced Northern England's computing power by financing a new computer system that can analyse bigger and more complex sets of information than was previously possible. With one thousand times more memory and over a hundred times more powerful than a standard desktop computer, the Health eResearch Centre will use the new system to speed up the pace of research by allowing scientists to process data in quicker and more efficient ways. As a result, it is hoped that the rate of new discoveries and research findings will increase, leading to improvements in nationwide health care services. Read further...
Data collection and exploitation is a growing phenomenon; in response to industry and grassroots demands the European Commission is calling on national governments to wake-up to this "Big Data" revolution. Read further...

USFlash

InfoComm International, a trade association representing the audiovisual and information communications industries worldwide and co-owner of the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE 2015) tradeshow, has issued its annual Call for Presenters with a view to making its 2015 Professional Development offering the most comprehensive at an ISE show yet. Read further...
Cray Inc. has been awarded one of the largest contracts in Cray's history - a $174 million deal to provide the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) with a next generation Cray XC supercomputer and a Cray Sonexion storage system. Read further...
Light from tiny galaxies more than 13 billion years ago played a larger role than previously thought in creating the conditions in the universe as we know it today, according to a new study by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego. Ultraviolet (UV) light from stars in these faint dwarf galaxies helped strip interstellar hydrogen of electrons in a process called reionization, researchers said in a paper published in the journalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Read further...
A recent study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides new insights on the physical mechanisms governing the interplay of spin and heat at the nanoscale, and addresses the fundamental limits of ultrafast spintronic devices for data storage and information processing. Read further...
In late 2012, researchers at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, were awarded a three-year, $810,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a resource that lets scientists seamlessly share and stream data-intensive visualizations on a variety of platforms, including mobile devices. Fast forward to the present, where the team of SDSC researchers has developed a working implementation of SeedMe, short for 'Swiftly Encode, Explore, Disseminate My Experiments'. The team developed a web-based architecture that not only supports videos and other visualizations, but content such as plots, files, and tickers - all of which are essential to scientific research. The goal is to enable rapid sharing of content directly from applications running on HPC- or Cloud-based resources. Read further...
KC Claffy, the principal investigator and co-founder of the Center for Applied Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA) based at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, has been awarded the latest IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Internet Award. KC Claffy was recognized by the IEEE for her "seminal contributions to the field of Internet measurement, including security and network data analysis, and for distinguished leadership in and service to the Internet community by providing open-access data and tools", according to a notice published by the institute. Read further...
A team including researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the San Diego Zoo's Institute for Conservation Research has developed a novel methodology that for the first time combines 3D and advanced range estimator technologies to provide highly detailed data on the range and movements of terrestrial, aquatic, and avian wildlife species. A paper detailing the project, called "Movement-based Estimation and Visualization of Space Use in 3D for Wildlife Ecology and Conservation", was published July 2 in thePLoS-ONEon-line science journal. Read further...
The more cores - or processing units - a computer chip has, the bigger the problem of communication between cores becomes. For years, Li-Shiuan Peh, the Singapore Research Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, has argued that the massively multicore chips of the future will need to resemble little Internets, where each core has an associated router, and data travels between cores in packets of fixed size. Read further...
Scientists from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are using the National Science Foundation-supported Stampede supercomputer to improve biofuel production by determining how certain enzymes break down cellulose (plant cell walls). Read further...
Tandem protein mass spectrometry is one of the most widely used methods in proteomics, the large-scale study of proteins, particularly their structures and functions. Researchers in the Marcotte group at the University of Texas at Austin are using the Stampede supercomputer to develop and test computer algorithms that let them more accurately and efficiently interpret proteomics mass spectrometry data. Read further...
Alan Swahn, a former vice president of product management for Flexera Software, has joined Terascala's executive team as vice president of marketing. Terascala's software when combined with leading compute and storage systems from Dell and NetApp create the highest performance and most reliable solutions for processing Big Data. Read further...
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Cray Inc., have entered into a contract agreement for a next generation supercomputer, called Trinity, to advance the mission for the Stockpile Stewardship Programme. Managed by NNSA, Trinity is a joint effort of the New Mexico Alliance for Computing at Extreme Scale (ACES) between Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories as part of the NNSA Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) Programme. Trinity will be used by Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore and Sandia national laboratories and will be housed at Los Alamos' Metropolis Computing Center. Trinity will be sized to run the largest and most demanding simulations of stockpile stewardship, assuring the safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear deterrent without the use of underground testing. Read further...
The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) in Dubai has deployed Dell High Performance Computing (HPC), Dell Services, and Dell SonicWALL security solutions as part of its mission to build a computing system that will support analyses of the impact of climate variability and change on water and agriculture in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region. Read further...
Washington State University has developed a wireless network on a computer chip that could reduce energy consumption at huge data farms by as much as 20 percent. Researchers led by Partha Pande, a computer engineering professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, have filed two patents on their wireless multicore chip design, which could also speed up data processing. The team, which includes associate professors Deukhyoun Heo and Benjamin Belzer, has a paper on their work in the May issue ofACM Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing Systemsand is building a prototype. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2014-07-14

Special

Six European exascale projects are dealing with the hardware and software challenges in exascale ...

The Cloud

Registration opens for ISC Cloud and ISC Big Data Conferences ...

IBM announces $3 billion research initiative to tackle chip grand challenges for Cloud and Big Data systems ...

'Melbourne Shuffle' secures data in the Cloud ...

Cloud Pharmaceuticals granted 1 million hours of supercomputer time to target orphan diseases including malaria ...

EuroFlash

GRNET signed contract for the development of Greece's National HPC infrastructure ...

Speeding up data storage by a thousand times with 'spin current' ...

IBM, Astron and the University of Groningen launch exascale computing centre to address Big Data challenges ...

Stronger data security ...

New supercomputer accelerates pace of health research across North of England ...

Commission urges governments to embrace potential of Big Data ...

USFlash

InfoComm issues Call for Presenters for ISE 2015 ...

Cray awarded $174 million supercomputer contract from the National Nuclear Security Administration ...

Small but plentiful: How the faintest galaxies illuminated the early universe ...

University of Illinois study advances limits for ultrafast nano-devices ...

SDSC's new 'SeedMe' resource invites researchers to rapidly share results ...

SDSC's KC Claffy receives annual IEEE Internet Award ...

SDSC assists researchers in novel wildlife tracking project ...

MIT researchers unveil experimental 36-core chip ...

Researchers use NSF-supported Stampede supercomputer to improve catalysts for conversion ...

NSF-funded supercomputer helps researchers interpret genomes ...

Terascala expands executive team ...

LANL, Sandia, Cray set to build next generation NNSA supercomputer ...

ICBA selects Dell solutions to help study water resource issues in the MENA region ...

Research could lead to dramatic energy savings at data farms ...